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Spreading of multilocular echinococcosis in southern Europe: the first record in foxes and jackals in Serbia, Vojvodina Province

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Foxes and jackals from the Vojvodina Province of Serbia were examined for the presence of echinococcosis. Animals were collected as part of routine rabies monitoring and autopsied; their intestines were checked for parasites. Out of 112 examined foxes, echinococcosis was found in 20 (17.9 %); of 28 examined jackals, 4 were infected (14.3 %). Morphological analysis confirmed the presence of Echinococcus multilocularis. This is the first record of E. multilocularis in foxes or other carnivorous mammals in Serbia.

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This paper was partially covered by Grant No. TR31084, Ministry of Education and Science of Serbia.

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Lalošević, D., Lalošević, V., Simin, V. et al. Spreading of multilocular echinococcosis in southern Europe: the first record in foxes and jackals in Serbia, Vojvodina Province. Eur J Wildl Res 62, 793–796 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10344-016-1050-9

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Keywords

  • Echinococcus multilocularis
  • Fox
  • Jackal
  • Serbia
  • Vojvodina